Friday, December 28, 2012

4th Circuit Court Denies ACCG's Request for Rehearing

"The court denies the petition for rehearing en banc."  That was the order of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on December 18 in the case of Ancient Coin Collectors Guild v. U.S. Customs and Border Protection; U.S. Department of State; Assistant Secretary of State, Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The ACCG set up a test case in 2009 to challenge import restrictions covering ancient Chinese and Cypriot coins.  The import controls were enacted pursuant to the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act (CPIA).  The Guild failed to win its case in federal district court in 2011 and appealed.  The federal appeals court thereafter struck down the ACCG's challenge in October.  The ACCG, in response, filed a petition in November for a rehearing on the matter.  The appellate court denied the request, and on Tuesday issued a mandate to effect its October 22 ruling.

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